Simple Shell Stitch Crochet Edging Pattern

This is a simple, easy one-row edging you can use for finishing off a variety of different clothing and home decor items.

Crochet Skill Level: Beginner

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    Materials Needed for the Simple Shell Stitch Crochet Edging Pattern

    Simple Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
    Simple Crochet Shell Stitch Edging. Simple Crochet Shell Stitch Edging -- Photo & Pattern © Amy Solovay

    Yarn or Crochet Thread: If the item you are edging is a crochet project, be sure to use yarn or thread that is the same fiber content and general weight as the main part of the project. The sample project features wool yarns in a light worsted weight and a worsted weight. While this is not an ideal combination, the yarn weights are close enough to be workable. For best results, you really don't want a greater disparity than that.​

    Crochet Hook: A size G hook was used to crochet the sample...MORE project. You may need a different size to achieve good results with your chosen materials.​

    Tapestry Needle: This is helpful for weaving in your ends to finish your project.

    Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

    Design Notes: This edging is a multiple of 6 + 1 stitches.

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    Instructions for Crocheting the Simple Shell Stitch Edging Pattern

    If you look at the picture posted above, you can see that the edging is an off-white color, which contrasts with the medium brown color selected for the main color of the project. To get the best results with this pattern, you also use contrasting colors, so that your edging will stand out from your project.

    To achieve this look, when you are finished working with the main color, go ahead and end off before you start crocheting your edging. Then make a slip knot of the new color (the color you...MORE want to use for crocheting your edging) on your crochet hook.

    Sl st in first st in the row. [Skip next 2 sts. In the next st, work the following sequence: dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc. Then skip the next 2 sts and sl st in the next sl st.] Repeat the sequence in brackets across the row.

    End off.


    Weave in all loose ends. Block the project if desired.

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    V-Stitch in Brick Repeat
    V-Stitch in Brick Repeat. V-Stitch in Brick Repeat -- Photo and Crochet Stitch Instructions © Amy Solovay

    The simple shell stitch edging was worked onto a piece of a unique crochet stitch pattern called "v-stitch in brick repeat." This stitch and edging pattern look beautiful, and quite interesting, together. If you would like to learn the stitch, see the free instructions.

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    Crochet Trims and Edgings
    Crochet Trims and Edgings. Crochet Trims and Edgings - Photo © Amy Solovay,

    D​o you want more options for edging and trim? Explore these patterns.

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    Crochet Holiday Edgings
    Crochet Holiday Edgings. Get Free Patterns, Tutorials & Instructions for Shell Stitch Edgings & Other Projects. © A Solovay

    Do you know all of the ways to use a shell stitch? Here is how to do it and how to use it.

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    St. Louis

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